Is Rutgers still in running for Del. RB?

Hodgson Vo-Tech RB Jamaal Jackson

Rutgers landed the Merrell twins out of Hodgson Vo-Tech (Neward, Del.) last year, and the Scarlet Knights were after current Eagles running back Jamaal Jackson. ScarletReport.com talked to Jackson to get the latest on his recruitment, his leader and why he is leaning that way.

Rutgers was able to pluck the Merrell twins out of Hodgson Vo-Tech (Newark, Del.) last season, and the staff went down there again to take a look at current Eagles running back Jamaal Jackson.


But it is looking more and more unlikely Jackson will follow Jamal and Jamil Merrell to Piscataway.


Jackson said he is leaning toward East Carolina, and his movement coincides with Rutgers pulling back on his recruitment a bit.


"ECU is my No. 1 because the communication, the way the coaches carry themselves, and I like the team,'' Jacksons said. "They're showing me the most love right now. I've been just mainly communicating with the ECU coaches.''


Jackson also mentioned Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston College, Michigan and Delaware as players in his recruitment, but added again ECU was pursuing him the most. He did take an unofficial visit to Rutgers in the summer, but said the only official visit he knows he is taking at this point is to East Carolina, which is supposed to happen in November.


And that could be after he makes an announcement. Jackson said he wants to commit to a school within a month.


"I know a lot of people that have been (at ECU), and they said they love the campus and how the whole school is run,'' Jackson said. "I know about the whole program because I've been watching them for a long time. I talk to the coaches and they seem pretty cool.''


Jackson has rushed for 425 yards and four touchdowns for the Eagles (2-1), but also missed time with a shoulder injury.


"It was a little soreness around the shoulder,'' he said. "It will be fine.''

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